For the third consecutive year, Jenna Burkert will be representing the United States at the Junior World Championships. The Rocky Point native earned her spot on the squad over the weekend at the Body Bar FILA Junior Nationals in Florida at 59 kg/130 pounds.
In the best-of-three championship round, Burkert eased past Team Indiana’s Kayla Miracle in the first period of the initial bout, 7-0. However, Miracle responded with a pin in the second stanza to win the first match.
Burkert was in control the rest of the way, however, capturing the second bout 1-0, 1-0 and then taking the third 6-0, 3-3. She will travel to the World Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria as one of six returning team members for Team USA.
Also preparing to compete for the Red, White and Blue is Shenendehowa High School’s Alexis Porter, who won the Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals at 65 kg/143.25 pounds. Porter topped Hannah Gladden in straight matches (2-0, 7-0 in the first and 1-0, 5-1 in the second) to clinch the title and the ticket to the FILA Cadet World Championships in Serbia in August.
For the full results, go to http://www.trackwrestling.com and search for 2013 Body Bar WM National Championships.